Netball – it’s Back On! Here’s This Year’s Suncorp Super Netball Fixture.

After months of limitations it looks like it’s only a matter of time before we can enjoy the full indoor stadium experience of netball after 12 months of the more extreme COVID restrictions look like being lifted this Friday 26th March. 

To put some icing on the cake here is the Suncorp Super Netball Fixture for 2021. Now televised on Channel 9 via the Telstra app, the competition is really flying with the Olympic Games the next major advance well within reach. 

Netball is by far the most popular and fastest growing women’s sport in Australasia with significant growth in Malaysia and Singapore as well.

For your interest here is the fixture for 2021 – Suncorp Super Netball. 

2021 Season Fixture: Full 2021 fixture realeased 

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Super Netball 2021 Fixture 

The 2021 Suncorp Super Netball fixture has been released, revealing that the Grand Final rematch between the Melbourne Vixens and West Coast Fever will open the season on May 1. 
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The Melbourne Vixens will host a 2020 Grand Final re-match against the West Coast Fever in front of fans at John Cain Arena to kick-off the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball season.

The release of the full 2021 Suncorp Super Netball fixture this morning has unveiled that the first match of the season will be played on Saturday 1 May at 3pm AEST with the action set to continue at the same venue that evening with the Collingwood Magpies taking on the Sunshine Coast Lightning at 7pm AEST.

See the full fixture here

Round 1 will then move north on Sunday 2 May where the Queensland Firebirds will host the NSW Swifts at Nissan Arena at 1pm AEST, and then across to Adelaide where the Thunderbirds will welcome GIANTS Netball to Netball SA Arena at 3pm AEST.

The 2021 fixture sees all teams hosting seven home games throughout the season with fans able to attend all matches*, returning the competition to normality following the condensed hub format the 2020 season was played in.

Netball Australia Chief Commercial Officer and EGM of Events, Dave Lee is pleased to release the full 17-week fixture today.

“The Suncorp Super Netball league is delighted to be welcoming fans back to matches across the country in 2021 for a full home and away season,” he said.

“The world’s premier netball league will be making a return to states that didn’t get to watch a match live in 2020 and we know the athletes are incredibly excited to have the cheer of a home crowd behind them. There is just so much to look forward to this season with team rivalries greater than ever before.

“With the uncertainty in today’s world, we have worked closely with clubs, broadcasters and venues to put strong contingencies in place for this entire fixture, ensuring we’re best placed to keep the 2021 season going if various borders close throughout the year.”

In other fixture highlights, the Finals Series will be played over three weeks culminating with the Grand Final on Sunday 29 August, the new home of netball in Sydney – Ken Rosewall Arena –– will be unveiled in Round 2, night matches will be played across the season and Collingwood will play at the Silverdome in Launceston.

Round 8 will be played over two weekends to allow each team to have a bye within the season and themed rounds for the 2021 season, such as Indigenous Round, will be announced as the season approaches.

Mim Haysom, Suncorp Executive General Manager Brand & Marketing said, “Suncorp is delighted to continue our support of Suncorp Super Netball and together with netball fans nationally, eagerly anticipate a season of exciting match-ups and hopefully plenty of opportunity for fans to get close to the live action in venues.

“Suncorp is proud to be committed to supporting women’s sport, and every level of netball, from our juniors in Suncorp NetSetGO programs all the way to the aspirational role models and high performing athletes we see on the court in Suncorp Super Netball.”

Teams are currently in full pre-season training with many practice matches happening between Suncorp Super Netball clubs around the country. See club websites for details.
The 2021 Suncorp Super Netball season will be broadcast live on Nine, Telstra TV and the Netball Live Official App.

*fan attendance/capacity will depend on health advice in each local jurisdiction.

To play the game at its highest level requires a premium, sprung timber playing surface. Right now Nellakir is completing the last of the new courts at the Victorian Hockey and Netball Centre in Royal Park. Nellakir installed the original indoor stadium courts there back in 2013 in time for the Commonwealth Games hosted in Melbourne.

Right now Australia-wide Nellakir and its sister companies in other states can provide your stadium, recreation centre, school or indoor sports centre with a premium playing surface for netball, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and other indoor sports.

Call Nellakir now on 03 9467 6126 to arrange a free, no obligation consultation with one of our expert technicians to ensure a practical and effective annual maintenance program. Alternatively, you can leave your details here for a prompt reply. 

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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Nellakir

Victoria was gifted an early Christmas present on Sunday the 20th of December when the Southside Flyers won the WNBL Grand Final in Townsville at the Townsville Stadium. Formerly known as the Dandenong Rangers, the team re a genuine Melbourne icon and it’s pleasing to see them carry off the major Trophy. You can read about it here…

Southside Flyers Are Your WNBL20 Champions!

Your Southside Flyers are the 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL Champions!

After a tense first three quarters our Southsiders overwhelmed the hometown Townsville Fire in the fourth, running out 99-82 victors in a superb team performance. Leilani Mitchell took home the Grand Final MVP and Rachel Sporn Medal for the Flyers after a brilliant individual game including 31 points, 5 assists and 5 3PM!

All in all, the perfect result after an incredible season #FlyersFamily. Thank you to all of our corporate partners, members, staff and fans for your incredible support during a crazy WNBL season in Queensland, it was anything but a normal campagin but we all pulled together to help our Southsiders over the line and we’re now all CHAMPIONS!

They were on a redemption mission this entire 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL season but they had the pressure of expectations too and the Jayco Southside Flyers have realised their potential with a 99-82 Grand Final victory over the JCU Townsville Fire on Sunday.

As the old Dandenong Rangers, the club won championships in 2004, 2005 and 2012 but it has been a long wait since with a name change to the Southside Flyers along the way.

Since that last title, there was Grand Final losses in 2017 and earlier in 2020, preliminary final defeats in 2013 and 2014, and semi-final exits in 2015 and 2016.

But that was all put behind them as they claimed the championship with the 17-point win in front of a full house at Townsville Stadium.

The Flyers now win the championship on the back of a nine-game winning streak and they did have to overcome an early deficit against the young and excited Fire team playing in front of their home fans.

Southside also only had Liz Cambage for three minutes in the first half as she picked up two early fouls. But it was Leilani Mitchell who put the Flyers on top with 21 points and five three-pointers in the first half alone.

Cambage then came on to deliver 12 points in the third quarter and among plenty more big shots, Bec Cole produced some dagger threes in the fourth quarter to help the Flyers end up triumphant for the WNBL season spent in Far North Queensland.

Mitchell was named Grand Final MVP as she became a WNBL champion for the third time. She finished the afternoon with 31 points, five assists and four rebounds including going 5/7 from beyond the arc.

Bec Cole won her first WNBL championship and was instrumental in the result with 22 points, five steals and three assists while Cambage still put up 14 points and five rebounds in only 15 minutes to win her first title since 2011 with the Melbourne Boomers.

Cole couldn’t hide what the result meant to everyone involved straight afterwards.

“It feels like I’ve been waiting 20 years to do this and I’m just so proud to do it with these girls, representing Southside Flyers and have our family and sponsors here. I’m pretty speechless,” Cole said.

“It means the world. It means that in 2020 with all the blood, sweat and tears that we went through down in Victoria was worth it all. We are so emotional, and it just shows this creates friendships and memories to last a lifetime.”

Inspirational captain Jenna O’Hea overcame a knee injury to lead the Flyers to the title and had five points and five rebounds to celebrate her third WNBL title.

“It’s a little bit indescribable right now, it’s been a long time between drinks to win a championship and we got so close last season,” O’Hea said.

“Until today 2020 has been a roller coaster for everyone so to finish this way with this group of girls, there’s no better feeling.”

Steph Blicavs also won her third championship and had eight points while Sara Blicavs earned her second ring with seven points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Rachel Jarry is now a two-time WNBL champion and had six points and three rebounds with Aimie Clydesdale also winning for a second time with four points, three boards and three assists.

Rebecca Pizzey scored two points and won a championship for the first time as did Monique Conti, Taylah Giliam and Saraid Taylor.

Townsville started the Grand Final strongly to lead 8-2 but Southside responded with the next eight points as the first half became one of runs for both sides.

Mitchell, though, was the difference and went on to hit five three-pointers for the first half which helped the Flyers to the 48-46 advantage at the main break.

Cambage then came out possessed in the third quarter with eight quick points and 12 for the term as the Flyers’ lead grew to 10. Cole kept the advantage in double figures to start the fourth and by the time she nailed another with 2:50 to go, the lead was 19, and still 17 by the buzzer.

Chris Pike is a freelance contributor to WNBL.basketball

BOX SCORE

Jayco Southside Flyers – 99 (Mitchell 31, Cole 22, Cambage 14)
JCU Townsville Fire – 82 (Nicholson 20, Payne 14, Murray 11, Heal 11)
Rachel Sporn Medallist (Grand Final MVP) – Leilani Mitchell (Southside Flyers)

Source: https://wnbl.basketball/southside/news/southside-flyers-are-your-wnbl20-champions/

Nellakir wish all our followers, customers and suppliers a very happy Holiday season. Looking forward to seeing you all next year.

The Nellakir Team.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from NELLAKIR!

Nellakir would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients, contractors, suppliers and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. At last things are returning to, well, a new kind of normal, and now indoor competition sport is back!

For Indoor Sports such as Basketball and Netball there are some very specific requirements. The peak bodies in both sports have provided guidelines for participants to assist in ensuring a smooth return for all who enjoy competing indoors on a premium sports floor.

Here are the links from both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria to assist you…

GUIDELINES FOR ASSOCIATIONS AND CLUBS – INDOOR VENUES

GROUP LIMITS – ALL AGES

Indoor contact and non-contact sport permitted for all agesPlay with the number of people required, plus coaches, umpires and essential support personnel.For training, maximum of 50 people in each space, plus a coach and essential support personnel.A netball court is considered a space/zone.Where the venue has multiple courts, more than one group can be accommodated. Groups of no more than 50 people should gather in any space, and subject to the one person per four square metre rule. No cap on the number of people permitted in the venue, however this is subject to the one person per four square metre rule.

ACTIVITY

Collect and maintain a record of attendance for all participants, essential support personnel and spectators, including first name, phone number and date and time of each session. Click here to download QR Codes resourceAllow 10-minutes between each session to limit groups crossing over or mingling. Everyone should carry a face mask. Click here to download face mask resourceAll non-participants, including coaches and scorers, should wear a face mask where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Click here to download face mask resourceEnsure all participants are registered Netball Victoria members.Participation is optional and at the individual’s discretion.EQUIPMENT Minimise the use of shared equipment.Equipment should be cleaned and sanitised between each session.Each group should provide their own set of bibs.Each group should provide their own first aid kit with sufficient supply of gloves and sanitiser.

Source: vic.netball.com.au

Return to Sport Updates for Participants

Return to Sport Update – 7 December

Basketball Victoria is pleased to announce further easing of restrictions regarding indoor basketball for participants and spectators across Victoria following the Premier’s announcement on Sunday 6 December.

Announced as part of the Victorian Government’s move to “CovidSafe Summer”, further information on how this affects sport and leisure is also available via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Basketball Victoria has made the following updates in line with our Return to Sport Guidelines based on DHHS Restricted Activity Directions, effective as of Sunday 6 December at 11.59pm.

Basketball associations and clubs can operate under the COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) category of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, subject to the following:

Activities permitted at this level must follow a 1 person per 4 square metre density quotient, social distancing rules apply.

  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside
  • Wipes, sanitiser / disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons
  • Attendance record keeping is required (QR codes are highly encouraged)
  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVID-Safe Plan online.
  • Face masks are not required for players, referees and coaches during games.
  • Masks are recommended for all others in attendance.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

Sunday 6 December at 11:59pm

VICTORIA WIDE 

ALL AGES:  

COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) – Indoor/Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training.

For an explanation on what COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) means in practice, click here for our updated Return to Sport Guidelines.

QR Code Reporting

Basketball Victoria recommends the use of QR codes for all patrons to ensure sufficient attendance records are maintained over the coming months as we return to sport.

The Victorian Government has launched a new and free QR Code Service which will help venues and businesses to keep records of visitors. To use the service, you only need to register the venue or business, download and print a poster containing a Victorian Government QR Code, and display it prominently.

In addition, a PlayHQ COVID report is available for players, coaches and team managers who participate on a given day/night and are tagged into electronic scoring if a case arises. If required, please lodge a support ticket via https://support.playhq.com/
Basketball Victoria Participant Licence

As previously noted, the Basketball Victoria participation licence is not season or association specific and allows individuals to play as many times as they want across the state in a 365-day period. We are extending all active licences for individuals for the duration of the period that basketball was/is unable to be played in Victoria due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As you would be aware, in addition to competition management and insurance, individual participant fees (the Basketball Victoria Licence) cover a range of essential services and programs which we are and will continue to deliver.

Note: A detailed explanation of the 365 Day Licence can be found here.

However, as always, we will consider requests for individual refunds to those participants who are experiencing extreme hardship at any time (the individual must contact their club or association who then escalates to Basketball Victoria via a Support Ticket).

Source: basketballvictoria.com.au

For Clubs, Associations and Venues, Basketball Victoria also offers a separate link here for such bodies.

Return to Sport Updates for Associations and Clubs

Return to Sport Update – 7 December

Basketball Victoria is pleased to announce further easing of restrictions regarding indoor basketball for participants and spectators across Victoria following the Premier’s announcement on Sunday 6 December.

Announced as part of the Victorian Government’s move to “CovidSafe Summer”, further information on how this affects sport and leisure is also available via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Basketball Victoria has made the following updates in line with our Return to Sport Guidelines based on DHHS Restricted Activity Directions, effective as of Sunday 6 December at 11.59pm.

Basketball associations and clubs can operate under the COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) category of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, subject to the following:

Activities permitted at this level must follow a 1 person per 4 square metre density quotient, social distancing rules apply.

  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside
  • Wipes, sanitiser / disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons
  • Attendance record keeping is required (QR codes are highly encouraged)
  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVID-Safe Plan online.
  • Face masks are not required for players, referees and coaches during games.
  • Masks are recommended for all others in attendance.

Source: basketballvictoria.com.au

For Nellakir this is a busy period of the year with many facilities taking advantage of the Holiday break to undertake Annual Cyclical Maintenance on their valuable Sports Floors. Timber Sports Flooring does require regular attention and tasks such as re-surfacing, Linemarking, repairs and refitting must be attended to at least once a year. This applies to multipurpose timber flooring in Schools, Sports Stadiums and Community Leisure Centres.

A competitive functioning playing surface in the basis for all indoor sports. premium Sprung Timber Sports Flooring systems are not unlike musical instruments, they require proper maintenance and care – and regular ‘tuning’ – by expert and experienced technicians.

Whether it’s portable Stadium Seating or programmed and scheduled cleaning it’s the smart thing to do in calling in the experts. Nellakir, Victoria and Tasmania’s leading experts in Timber Sports Flooring and ancillary equipment.

Nellakir are the exclusive agents for ASF/Horner and can provide a range of options for new Timber Sports Flooring installations from ASF/Horner. You can view them here. The Nellakir team can advise you on which application is most suitable for your requirements.

All ASF/Horner flooring options are available in Australian Hardwood that is AFS certified and FIBA approved.

Don’t delay, call now for a free no-obligation quotation from Nellakir on Installation, Replacement, Maintenance and Cleaning of all Indoor Sports Flooring.

Call 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here for a prompt reply and a scheduled appointment at your convenience.

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The Very Best with Nellakir Premium Sports Floors.

It’s the off season for the NBA and the NBL, the Super Netball is in recess and local competition is just re-commencing, so we thought it a good opportunity to share some all-time action. this week we feature “The Top Ten NBA Dunks of All Time”. Sit back, relax and be amazed!

Of course, real on-court action is entirely dependent on the provision of a premium playing surface. From the humble beginnings in fruit packing sheds and church halls, to the blacktop courts of New York City and Philadelphia, the real preferred playing surface has always been timber – Sprung Timber Sports Flooring.

Timber Sports Flooring provides give and bounce in a way that asphalt and concrete simply can’t – which is why all premier league games worldwide are now played on FIBA approved Timber Sports Flooring.

In Victoria, the State Government has funded multipurpose timber sports flooring in all new schools, both primary and secondary. As well many older schools have also been provided with such multipurpose facilities.

In addition, both Federal and State Governments have funded Community and Regional Indoor Sports Stadiums with FIBA approved Sports Flooring, enabling high level competitions.

Essentially this means that community participation in sports like Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and Gymnastics has increased exponentially over the last 20 years, with participation in both Basketball and Netball representing the fastest growing sports in Australia.

Nellakir are the leading Professional Experts in all forms of Timber Sports Flooring here in Victoria and also Tasmania. For Construction, Installation and annual maintenance, full restorations, repairs and refurbishment of all Sprung Timber Sports Flooring look no further, it’s the right time to call Nellakir for a free no-obligation consultation and inspection of your facility. Timber Flooring must be maintained and repaired correctly. It behaves not unlike a tuned musical instrument. Constant usage is what it has been built for. Timber is a ‘living’ material. After 8 months of inactivity your Sprung Timber Flooring should be inspected and quite possibly undergo further maintenance.

Call now on 03 9467 6126, or leave your details here to arrange a consultation with one of our fully trained Technicians.

Don’t delay – Nellakir can also assist with your retractable Stadium Seating and its maintenance.

You can depend on and trust Nellakir. With over a quarter of a century experience, they’re the right team to assist you with your Timber Sports Flooring. Call now. (That number again? 03 94676126)

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The Countdown to re-opening with Nellakir, Netball and Basketball.

With no clear pathway yet for local competitions either in Melbourne or in Regional Victoria, the Suncorp Super Netball is providing a level of entertainment and connection for netball aficionados and participants during the Lockdown here in Victoria.

It’s much the same with Basketball with no clear pathway yet announced for a return to local competition. All eyes here turn to the Orlando Florida Hub of the NBA. For many there, the LA Lakers are looking very promising.

Here’s an interview with LeBron James discussing his own all-time playoff record and his progress during the playoffs.

The Victorian State Government is offering significant grants to sporting organisations and clubs as well as loans at low interest of between $500K and $10M for infrastructure development for sporting clubs and organisations. For all sporting organisations it’s timely and appropriate to utilise these one-off grants to tide your competitions and facilities over during Lockdown and into the next phase as the community begins to open up and competitions resume.

Here is a link to the Victorian Government’s Sports and Recreation Grants

https://vicsport.com.au/grants

Nellakir are continuing to work on a number of projects that fall within the current Building and Construction guidelines of the Victorian Government. Now is also a very suitable time to carry out major maintenance on Sports Flooring such as re-coating, re-sanding, and re-lining. Call Nellakir now on 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here for a prompt response to your enquiry. Be prepared and ready for the re-opening of local competitions and stadiums with your facilities including flooring and retractable seating presented in pristine condition to spectators and participants alike.

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Suncorp Super Netball Action – The Melbourne Vixens make a statement!

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With local competitions in recess, all eyes turn to the National Suncorp Super Netball action. The Melbourne Vixens look like taking full advantage of the Hub with a strong victory over the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Here’s a report on the game which was held on the 12th of August at the University of the Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Vixens remain on top

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The Melbourne Vixens have sounded a warning to the rest of the Suncorp Super Netball competition after defeating the Sunshine Coast Lightning 63-51.

The Vixens were in the unusual position of hosting the Lightning at USC Stadium on the Sunshine Coast but the Melbourne club made themselves at home with another classy performance.

The two teams had yet to taste defeat heading into the top-of-the-table clash but the Vixens set up their third successive win with a dominant opening half, building an impressive 15-goal lead by halftime.

Super Netball Rd 6 - Lightning v Vixens“It definitely didn’t feel like we were up that much,” Vixens co-captain Kate Moloney said about her team’s strong start.

“We knew the Lightning were going to come hard at us, they’re a super quality team but I’m really proud of our girls to be able to push it out all the way to the end.”

The victory was a fitting result for Moloney as she joined current teammate Tegan Philip and Bianca Chatfield as the third Vixen to play 100 national league games.

The reliable midcourter took the points in her match-up with Lightning captain Laura Langman, claiming player of the match with 22 circle feeds and 13 assists, while Jo Weston was a standout in defence for the Vixens.

The Vixens burst out of the blocks with nine of the first 11 goals of the game but the Lightning’s attack started to flow when Steph Wood shifted to goal shooter and Cara Koenen cashed in on a Karla Pretorius intercept to reduce Melbourne’s lead to three.

But Caitlin Thwaites drained a Suncorp Super Shot on the siren for a 16-11 advantage and the Vixens kept rolling with an 8-2 start in the second term before Thwaites and Tegan Philip combined for four super shots in the rebel Power Five period to go into halftime ahead 34-19.

The Lightning managed to reduce the margin to single digits at stages of the third and fourth quarters but the Vixens had all the answers with Thwaites, Philip and Mwai Kumwenda each playing their part to keep their attack on song.

Super Netball Rd 6 - Lightning v VixensBoth teams are back in action on Sunday with the Lightning hosting the undefeated NSW Swifts and the Vixens aiming for their fourth win in a row against the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

Score breakdown
Q1: Vixens 16 v Lightning 11
Q2: Vixens 18 v Lightning 8
Q3: Vixens 15 v Lightning 19
Q4: Vixens 14 v Lightning 13

Nissan Player of The Match – Kate Moloney (Melbourne Vixens)

Vixens shooting statistics
Caitln Thwaites: Total points – 20 G1 – 14/20 (70%) G2 – 3/4 (75%)
Tegan Philip: Total points – 22 G1 – 16/19 (84%) G2 – 3/6 (50%)
Mwai Kumwenda: Total points – 21 G1 – 21/21 (100%) G2 – 0/2 (0%)

Lightning shooting statistics
Steph Wood: Total points – 13 G1 – 9/12 (75%) G2 – 2/5 (40%)
Cara Koenen: Total points – 31 G1 – 29/33 (88%) G2 – 1/1 (100%)
Peace Proscovia: Total points – 7 G1 – 7/9 (78%) G2 – 0/0 (0%)

Vixens starting seven: GS – Caitlin Thwaites GA – Tegan Philip WA – Liz Watson C – Kate Moloney WD – Kate Eddy GD – Jo Weston GK – Emily Mannix

Lightning starting seven: GS – Peace Proscovia GA – Steph Wood WA – Laura Scherian C – Laura Langman WD – Maddy McAuliffe GD – Karla Pretorius GK – Phumza Maweni

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Source: supernetball.com.au

Netball is Australia’s most popular women’s sport catering to all ages. Today nearly all levels of the sport get to play on premium Timber Sports Flooring, whether it’s at the local school, sports centre or regional stadium.

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Take 2 – Basketball and Netball – The Lockdown Reprise

It’s hard to know what effect this latest lockdown will have on local competitions and Junior grades in Netball and Basketball. Certainly it will push back the reopening of stadiums and to most competitions by a further 6 weeks. Whilst other states like NSW, Western Australia and Queensland remain ‘open’ the major leagues such as the NBL and the Suncorp Super Netball can prepare for competition hubs. But for the rest of us here in Victoria the message is #StaySafeStayHome

This week we wanted to take a peek at the new South Melbourne Primary School, Australia’s first vertical school. So that’s all we could do – take a peek. The school is graced with a full indoor sprung timber competition level court suitable for Basketball, Netball and indoor activities such as Gymnastics, Volleyball and other indoor sports.The new court was installed by Nellakir last year. But as of the 9th of July, it’s now having an enforced lay-off.

In reality the lockdown provides a great opportunity for organisations to access the ‘state of the game’ with their individual sports and plan for the post Covid-19 strategy for their sport.

Netball Australia has been quick off the mark announcing an independent review of the sport of Netball.

Here is their Press Release,

Netball assesses State of the Game

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Netball Australia has today announced an independent review to holistically consider the State of the Game in order to reset the sport’s strategy following the impact of COVID-19.

The review, to be headed by former Australian captain Liz Ellis, will canvas the views and experiences of the wide range of customer and stakeholder groups from across the netball nation, inviting diverse and bold thinking to ensure the ongoing sustainability, prosperity and relevance of the game.

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Ellis will be joined on the panel by an accomplished group of leaders from across different industries, all sharing a common belief in the power of netball to enrich communities. The three other panel members are Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, experienced non-executive director and former MP Wendy Machin and experienced non-executive director, CEO, CMO and media executive Joe Pollard.

In the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, Suncorp Super Netball was delayed, community netball was suspended, Netball Australia furloughed half its workforce and Suncorp Super Netball athletes accepted a reduction in their player payments for 2020.

Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner said the consultation aspect of the review will be the most significant in the sport’s history and for good reason.

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“The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant financial impact on the netball ecosystem and comes at a time when the competition to own the hearts and minds of women in sport is at an all-time high,” she said.

“Without action, parts of netball will encounter considerable financial uncertainty. So, faced with this reality, the sport will take steps to ensure its not only future proofed, but that our strategy leading into 2027, our centenary, is designed to strengthen the entire netball community,” she said.

“Across the next two months our aim is to capture the voices and experiences of our entire Australian netball family at a scale that hasn’t been done before. We want to listen to their stories and understand what makes the sport great and where we can do better. Most importantly, we want to capture a collective ambition for our game and, in doing so, shape our future.”

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The Review’s terms of reference will see the panel consider:

  • Netball’s value proposition and critical pain points.
  • The alignment between customer and stakeholder insight and the sport’s purpose, vision and strategy.
  • The culture of Netball in Australia.
  • The financial, delivery and commercial model of netball in Australia.
  • The optimal future governance structure of netball (Netball Australia, Member Organisations, associations, clubs, Suncorp Super Netball and Suncorp Super Netball clubs).
  • The roles of each entity in the netball ecosystem.
  • Any other matter that would best serve netball in Australia.

Panel Chair Liz Ellis said the State of the Game Review will provide a listening post at a critical juncture of the sport and help build strong, innovative strategies leading to 2027 when the sport hopes to host the Netball World Cup.

“Netball is the preeminent sport of choice for Australian women and girls, but like all sports, netball has experienced significant financial pressure across the system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

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“This review is an opportunity, not only to capture the pulse of the netball nation, but to understand what’s most important to people that love netball – from elite through to grassroots, social, mixed and men’s netball. It’s also a chance to also understand what our commercial partners see as the future of our business.

“We need to ensure the sport has a contemporary strategy and structure. This is a unique opportunity for the sport to reimagine and if necessary, reshape relevant features to ensure we can all bounce back stronger together.”

It is estimated the review panel will provide recommendations to Netball Australia by the end of September 2020.

Netball Australia is inviting all netball fans, participants, volunteers, anyone involved in the sport to provide input into this review. Go to netball.com.au/stateofthegame to find out how you can provide feedback.

Source: netball.com.au

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Return Dates for Local Basketball and Netball Competitions Imminent.

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It seems that most of Australia has ‘dodged a bullet’ with the Covid-19 pandemic. Compared to the USA, we seem to have remained relatively unscathed. However there is still the need to maintain vigilance with the possibility of the ‘second wave’ of infections being very real. It’s easy to be complacent but remember in the USA, UK and Europe the toll has been tragic.

Both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria have been in discussions with the Victorian Government and the relevant State and Federal health Authorities. Both have provided press releases as to the present status on a return to local competition. For your information we repeat the for you here…

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COVID-19 Updates as of June 17, 2020

Guideline Level: WE ARE CURRENTLY AT RED-10 (Outdoor) – until June 22

Thank-you to those who attended the Return to Sport Update today. Although it is an exciting time with some clearer dates for us to return, we need to remain vigilant, patient and prepare as best we can to ensure the health and safety of our community is the highest priority while we aim to get participants back on the court.

We’ve put forward a position to SRV and DHHS that our understanding and application of the Victorian Government return to sport announcement from Sunday June 14, allows for basketball to move to “Orange-50” reactivation status. We anticipate we will be in a position to confirm this status for indoor training and competition for participants 18 years and under by the end of the week.

Please find below links to guidelines, tools, signage and checklists (in preparation for an Orange-50 status) as well as the recording from todays webinar. The Q&A from todays session is being drafted and will be available tomorrow.

Please note the documents and tools provided for the proposed Orange-50 status are to be considered for preparation purposes and not to be treated as confirmed until Basketball Victoria notifies otherwise of acceptance from SRV and DHHS.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of the whole community, we ask that everyone continues to maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures to ensure we get through this together.

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As of June 15, 2020

Return to Sport Update

Basketball Victoria welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement of the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions (announced Sunday June 14), regarding community sport.

Managing our return to basketball training and competitions in a timely, yet safe and controlled manner is critical. This will ensure the health and wellbeing of participants, as well as the viability of our associations and clubs.

To be clear, basketball is regarded as a ‘contact-sport’ for the purposes of these Victorian Government restrictions and guidelines.

We have summarised the restrictions below from the DHHS and SRV releases, however we are seeking further clarity on the number of spectators/participants allowed per area/zone, aiming for an Orange-50 stage, as per our Return to Sport Guidelines from the 22nd June.

We will provide the relevant and updated guidelines, information sheets, checklists and signage to assist the resumption of competition as soon as we have received Government confirmation.

Summary of Restrictions:

– For 18 years old and under – full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22
– For 18 years and over – non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22
– For 18 years and over – full contact training for both indoor and outdoor (forecast for) July 13
– For 18 years and over – resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor (forecast for) July 20

Note: the forecast July dates are not locked in yet, the Victorian Government will still need to confirm these dates in the coming weeks.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our community throughout the COVID-19 postponement of basketball and into the future as we ease restrictions and see our sport return to competition in upcoming weeks and months.

It is important to remain vigilant as we return to indoor basketball training and competitions – please continue to maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures, as this will aid in the ongoing health and safety of our community.

Source: http://basketballvictoria.com.au/covid-19/

And from Netball Victoria…

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Netball Victoria is delighted with the Victoria State Government announcement today of a road map for the return of community sport in Victoria. We have seen netballers return to training with cautious excitement, and know the delight that a return to competition will bring our community.
We are processing the detail in these announcements and seeking further clarification before we can provide further advice to our netball community. We will provide the updated Return to Community Netball guidelines as soon as we can.

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The Victorian Government has announced further easing of restrictions which will enable groups of up to 20 – plus a coach – to participate in training at outdoor venues from Monday 1 June, 2020. All activity and training must continue to be non-contact and no competitions or match play may take place. Netball Victoria will continue to support Associations, Leagues and Clubs through this unprecedented time to ensure they adhere to the Return to Community Netball guidelines.

Netball Victoria continues to advocate on behalf of our community to the State Government for a roadmap to resume competitive netball. At this point in time, we are advocating for a recommencement of competition netball in mid-July 2020.

To enable us to effectively assess the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on your annual Netball Victoria membership, we have deferred an announcement until October 31, 2020. This will enable us to make an informed decision based on the state of play, and to further assess a range of options to manage current and future memberships. We continue to accept applications for refunds based on hardship or medical reasons, which are assessed on a weekly basis.

We are aware our netball community are doing all you can to make decisions in this uncertain environment. We encourage you to wait for the Victorian Government announcements regarding further easing of restrictions before making any definitive decisions. We expect to see a strong Return to Community Netball and look forward to continuing to work with our passionate netball community to achieve this.

Source: vic.netball.com.au

It will be fantastic for the kids to finally get back to enjoying a game, but it’s critically important that families and friends follow the directives and advice provided to ensure there is a full return to competition in the following months.

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We wish all competitors at all levels the very best of luck in returning to full competition. As the referee says, “Play Ball!”

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National Netball Championships Scheduled for Hobart Cancelled

This year’s National Netball Championships scheduled for the 18th to the 23rd of April have been cancelled. Unfortunately since the declaration of the Pandemic Covid-19 Virus this was always likely to be the case.

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But the future looks bright. Right now the Nellakir team are preparing the Stump Systems for six new Netball Courts at Netball Victoria’s Headquarters at Royal Park in Victoria. This is a massive expansion of the existing competition level courts at the facility.

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The Nellakir team are also commencing works on the Sirius College Court in Keysborough as well as the Twin Rivers Primary School in Echuca, both next week.

Here is the Statement from the CEO of Netball Australia re the National Championships in Hobart and their cancellation.

2020 National Netball Championships Cancelled

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Based on the expert medical advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, endorsed by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, that organised public gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in Australia, Netball Australia will not proceed with the annual 17&U and 19&U National Netball Championships due to take place in Hobart from 18-23 April.

Given the nature of the event, and after extensive consultation with medical experts and relevant stakeholders, Netball Australia made the decision not to proceed with the tournament, which would bring together teams from all states and territories.

Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner said the health of the Australian netball and wider community is paramount and that Netball Australia continues to work closely with state and territory Member Organisations in relation to community and grassroots netball.

“It was an incredibly difficult decision not to proceed with the National Netball Championships, especially knowing how much preparation by the athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers goes into this event. It is however prudent that we do everything we can to reduce the spread of the virus,” she said.

“In relation to community netball, we are working with Member Organisations, government organisations and medical professionals to determine the best approach and we will release guidelines to support community netball organisations across Australia in the coming days. Until then we encourage all community netball organisations to demonstrate caution in line with government recommendations that everyone should practise good hygiene to protect against infections.”

Netball Australia will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves in relation to the upcoming Deakin University Australian Netball League season, due to start on Saturday 2 May.

Netball Australia has confirmed that the cancellation of the National Netball Championships does not mean that all netball events and competitions should be cancelled, however, caution in line with government recommendations should be exercised.

Source: netball.com.au

So whilst players take an enforced break, the Nellakir team will prepare the new facilities mentioned as well as over the Easter break and first term holidays Nellakir will undertake a number of annual maintenance programs – resurfacing and re-lining. All in all it should provide for a great resurgence and renewal once things return to normal.

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Nellakir also offer a regular cyclical and scheduled Court Cleaning service to ensure your stadium and its surface is always presented in premium condition.

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Nellakir and Netball

Nellakir is proud to be involved with the construction and installation of the new indoor courts at the Victorian Netball & Hockey Centre in Royal Park.

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Here is the press release from Netball Victoria:

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Redeveloped State Netball & Hockey Centre

A key netball facility development project – many years in the making – is now underway, with the State Netball Hockey Centre (SNHC) in Parkville currently under construction.The Andrews Government announced funding of $64.6 million for the redevelopment and expansion of the SNHC.

The huge support of the entire Victorian netball community has also been key to ensuring the project’s progress.

The SNHC is a vital headquarters for netball, hosting more than 5000 participants each week for training, competition and events. Netball has been a tenant of the facility in Royal Park for nearly 80 years.

Please read this safety message now that works have commenced.

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Our New Home

The redeveloped centre is due to open in March 2021 and will include:

  • 11 indoor netball courts
  • New major event and spectator facilities
  • Capacity to provide an expanded range of competitions, programs, coaching clinics, tournaments and camps for participants from throughout Victoria
  • High Performance facilities to support elite and pathway teams, national teams and visiting international teams
  • Administrative headquarters for Netball Victoria and Hockey Victoria
  • The Victorian Women in Sport Leadership Centre, nurturing transformational leaders
  • Occasional care facilities
  • Universal Design Principles to ensure equitable access for all

Source: vic.netball.com.au/snhc

Netball is Australia’s most popular womens sport catering for competitions ranging from Junior through to Senior with an Australia-wide premium competition that has been featured on Free to Air Television – Netball Australia’s 8 team National Competition.

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Nellakir have been involved with the construction of most premium competition courts in the Greater Melbourne area and the nearby Regional Cities. The Nellakir team constructed the current Victorian Netball Centre main courts. These are constructed in premium sprung timber sports flooring and can be viewed on our website here. Nellakir are now engaged with the construction and installation of the new courts at the facility.

As well the company is actively involved in cyclical maintenance of a large number of courts both in Greater Melbourne and regional Victoria currently used for premium competitive Netball.

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At Nellakir we believe in fostering the sport of Netball as a healthy, regular team sport. The Victorian State Government PPP program is now ensuring that kids have a genuine opportunity to play and participate in most parts of Melbourne and rural Victoria. The PPP (Public Private Partnership) program is ensuring that Netball Courts are incorporated in the majority of new schools built and also with school upgrades.

Netball is a skilful game. It requires quick thinking and action with good hand to eye coordination. It is fast becoming a recognised international sport.

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It is more than interesting seeing the sport regain a foothold in the USA. This is where it started many years ago, as a genteel version of Basketball for ‘proper young ladies’. However since those days the game has evolved dramatically and it is now a fast paced, incredibly skilful game with major differences to Basketball. This includes court position, no dribbling the ball, no contact and the three second rule that requires ball disposal within a three second period. It’s a wonderful team sport that encourages the development of physical, mental and social skill sets.

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For anyone looking to encourage their children to play sport and exercise, Netball is an excellent choice.

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And remember in junior grades boys can play too! So step to it. Netball is the buzz. Enrol your children for real fun and fitness now. And you never know – if they’re playing indoors on a sprung timber sports floor – it’s probably a Nellakir floor!

Call now to arrange a consultation with Nellakir on construction, installation and maintenance of your Timber Sports Flooring and Indoor Stadium requirements. Call 03 9467 6126 and book a free no obligation appointment to discuss your requirements. Nellakir now offer an excellent cyclical court cleaning program that ensures your Competition Courts provide the very best surface for all competitors, young and old.

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